Board of Directors

Pam Grissom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Grissom (Tucson) is the Chairperson of the Board and one of the founders of Arizona List. Pam is a native Tucsonan. She was the first woman on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement. She was an original member of the Women’s Studies Advisory Council at the U of A and works on the community board of Women in Science and Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Brandt (Tucson) is a full time mother with three kids. She has her bachelors in Psychology from the U of A and her Masters in Social Work from ASU. Before becoming a full time mom, she worked at Southern Arizona Red Cross in the Health and Safety Department then opened a business which she ran for five years. She has been a lifelong Democrat and feminist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Morton (Tucson) is a Tucson business woman who owns and operates Homestyle Galleries, Southern Arizona’s largest consignment with- new furniture showrooms. Renee earned a B.A. from Smith College before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania where she received a M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies. Renee also has a J.D. from the University of Arizona. Renee has taught History at Pima College, managed a county supervisor campaign, and published a Tucson shopping guide. She also practiced law in the juvenile court system in Tucson. Renee is a dedicated community activist, who has served on many local boards including twenty years with Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, ten years with the Beacon Group, and fifteen years with the Jewish History Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Gerlak (Tucson) is the Director of Academic Development for the International Studies Association and Environmental Policy Faculty Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  Since earning a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Political Science, she has been on the faculty of Columbia University and Guilford College. She has published widely on environmental and natural resource policy issues.  Originally from the east coast, Andrea lives in Tucson with her husband and two young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deyanira Nevarez (Tucson) grew up in San Luis, AZ. Her parents were both immigrant farm workers, and themselves the children of Mexican farm workers. Nevarez and her family continued to live in migrant camps until she was 12. She came to Tucson in 2004 to attend the University of Arizona. She quickly fell in love with Tucson’s warm embrace of its multicultural past.  She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a degree in political science and Latin American studies.  In her senior year she got an internship with Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and upon graduation in 2008 began working for his campaign.  In September, 2010, Nevarez moved over to spearhead the campaign to fight HB 2281. Deyanira sits on several boards and tries to be as active as possible in the community. She is the Secretary of Arizona List, the First Vice-Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, the Vice-Chair of Las Adelitas Arizona and also sits on the YWCA board of Directors.
 

Jacqueline Adams (Phoenix) was born in New Orleans, lived in Germany as part of a military family and finished school in California. Throughout her life, she has been standing up for working families. She has held leadership positions around the country.  Most recently, Jacqueline was hired as the Director of Operations and Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party.  But she is not new to most of us!  For the last five years, we have been lucky enough to benefit from her gifts as a precinct committee person, a state committee person and an extraordinary volunteer.  She has won volunteer of the year twice as well as the Power Award from Organizing For America.
ypn_00073 Franny Sharpe (Phoenix) ascribes her involvement in and passion for politics to George W. Bush, whose regressive and destructive policies inspired her and many, many others in her generation to speak up, organize, and fight for change. Franny spent her high school and college years organizing and registering young voters with the Young Democrats of Arizona, and interning on a number of of campaigns. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2007, Franny’s dedication to Democratic politics took her to many campaigns and cities across the country, including then-Senator Obama’s Nevada operation in ’07/’08, the Iowa Democratic Party, Obama 2012, and the Arizona Democratic Party. She loves working with local candidates, and believes strongly that more women in elected office means a more effective government. 
AZ List headshot Janee Pousson (Phoenix) is a native Arizonan hailing from northeast Mesa. She is a graduate of Mountain View High School and Northern Arizona University. Janee graduated with honors Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science, International Affairs. After college she moved to Hawaii and worked at a public interest legal center assisting indigent battered undocumented women gain temporary visas. It was there she fell in love with the law and became passionate about civil rights and public interest law. Shortly thereafter, she attended law school in Lansing, MI at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She chose litigation as her concentration because she wanted to be an advocate for those who could not speak for themselves. During law school Janee was involved in Trial Team, Appellate Trial Team, and The Moot Court board, as well as served as a Senator for the Student Bar Association. After graduation, she clerked for the chief justice of the Ingham County Circuit Court, the honorable William E. Collette. Today Janee practices law mainly in the areas of tax, corporations, elections, and campaign finance.

In her personal life, she has been married for 11 years and has 2 children. In her spare time Janee loves to travel, play piano, exercise, read, but mostly spend time with her family.